War On Drugs By President Henry Nixon 's Original Declaration Of Drugs

925 Words Jun 20th, 2015 4 Pages
For more than 40 years there has been some kind of “war on drugs”, that stemmed from President Henry Nixon’s original declaration of “war on drugs” in 1971. The need for such a policy came from the 1960’s when drug use was rampant and was contributed to youth rebellion, the social revolution and political discord, the President’s concern was the government needed to evaluate to see if drugs were safe and what kind of effectiveness would it have on society. During this initial “war on drugs” package it called for an increase in size and presence of federal drug control agencies and measures for mandatory sentencing and warrants that did not require drug control enforcement to knock, it they suspect drug activity. Then in the 1980s and 90s there was an unheard of amount of people being incarcerated “the number of drug law offenses sky-rocked from 40, 000 in 1980 to over 400, 000 by 1997. (drug policy.org). By this time, many saw drugs as the number one problem in America; President Ronald Reagan reacted to the public’s concern as illicit drug use built throughout the 1980s, due to people addicted to “crack.” a freebase form of cocaine that can be smoked. Nancy Reagan his wife, began an anti-drug campaign "Just Say No." This was a zero tolerance policy implemented in the mid-to-late 1980. Due to the harsh drug policies, an expansion to fund a syringe access program and other harm reduction policies to reduce the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS was halted. “A political panic…

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